1) Who has the upper hand in the Jackets quarterback battle?
The most important question entering any football season is “who’s going to be the starting quarterback?”. For the second time in three seasons, the Jackets have a quarterback battle going on during spring practices. The Jackets have a few options at quarterback currently on the roster in Lucas Johnson, Tobias Oliver, and James Graham. They’ll add incoming 2019 recruit, Jordan Yates, this summer and while there probably won’t be any starting quarterback named after the spring game, which of the three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster currently have the upper hand?
While quarterback battles are always important, there’s an argument that this is more important than the Jackets last quarterback battles. With the transition to a pro-style offense, the Jackets need to find a quarterback who can move the ball effectively through the air. Completing less than 50% of their passes won’t cut any more in the new offense and in reality, during the season that number will need to push 60%.
Lucas Johnson would be the sensible favorite to have the upper hand, with seniority as well as having the most polished arm of the three. A pro-style quarterback coming out of high school, Johnson is probably the best passer on the current roster. Tobias Oliver and James Graham are both talented when it comes to using their feet but Oliver did struggle in the passing game last season albeit in limited chances while we never have truly gotten a chance to see what Graham could do himself.
The quarterbacks will surely be the main attraction in next Friday’s spring game and the pending results will be interesting to watch and review afterward.